President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on her re-election, presidential spokesman Sherzod Asadov said.

In his message, Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted Ursula von der Leyen’s “enormous personal contribution” to bringing Uzbek-EU relations to a new level and expressed confidence that “with joint efforts, cooperation in all priority areas will move to an even higher level.”

The President also emphasized Uzbekistan’s intention to quickly sign the Agreement on Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation with the EU.

“I am convinced that the holding of the first ‘Central Asia-European Union’ summit in the city of Samarkand in the near future will be an important practical step to enrich our regional ties with mutually beneficial projects and programs,” said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

On July 18, the European Parliament approved the candidacy of Ursula von der Leyen for her second five-year term at the head of the European Commission, the EU’s highest executive body.